Nature in the Anthropocene

by Billy Kemp, Erik Natanael Gustafsson, Hugh Harte and Melissa Gonzales

In the time of mass extinctions and loss of natural habitat, humanity is doing its best to capture just a glimpse of authenticity in virtual garden substitutes, radically reducing the mystical holiness of nature into scientific readings. In the Church of Progress we worship a pale imitation while the living is questioned and killed in holy sacrifice; desperately attempting to save any fragments of natural experience.

Real-time readings from sensor data connected to a plant and its environment are used to influence a simulation of plant growth in the computer. Some data is saved creating histograms and time-lapses. The algorithm behind the simulation has itself grown from observations of nature, specifically competition for sunlight.